Mentorship Competency The success of any nursing student in any program in any clinical setting is multi-faceted enhancing the complicated nature of education and the perception of competencies whether student or educator. This is an important concept to be sensitive to as the process of moving forward with the knowledge and skill-sets needs to be supported and nurtured in order to facilitate the standard of care that is safe, accountable, and competent. The expectations of students within academia and within the staff mix on units can vary giving students a sense of role ambiguity diminishing the sense of belonging and taking away from the clinical learning experience. According to Higgins, Lathlean, Levett-Jones, & McMillan (2009),“Nursing
My Contribution to the History of Nursing Throughout the history of nursing, there have been many remarkable individuals who have made great contributions to this field and profession. Some made vast differences in improving the work of nursing, while others made huge differences in the everyday lives of their patients, with their comforting and nurturing ways. So as I sit here and try to imagine my future ahead of me as a nurse, I can’t say for certain that I’m going to drastically change the nursing profession with some big contribution or development. I can say however, that I am going to put my heart and soul into being the kind of nurse who will be there for my patients, making contributions to better their lives every day. I made the decision to pursue the field of nursing because it embraces so many aspects of a career that I have been looking to be a part of.
There is a general consensus among all the articles that I read regarding the need for more studies, tools to assess and programs at hospitals for nurses. “An increased awareness of the emotional demands facing today’s nursing workforce is of utmost importance” (Erickson & Grove, 2007). Nursing involves empathic relationships with patients, the empathic level of caring leaves us vulnerable for compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue can affect nurses across the spectrum, from students to experienced nurses. The number of students it affects has yet to be studied, but as read in the Nursing Standard, “Nursing students in the US are being taught about compassion fatigue to help them cope with stress”("Compassion Fatigue Hits," 2011, p. 7).
Then there are the wonderful, kind, and compassionate nurses who treated him as a person instead of a disease that was almost over. Those that treated him as more than just a physical body accompanied by a list of diagnoses, symptoms, and orders; like he was the heart of the patient team, just as nurses are the heart of the health care team. As my younger self stated long ago..”I am a Nurse”. A Nurse is who I am at heart and now I intend to get the education that also makes it what I am. I want to make an impact and I know it
The admissions tutors will be looking for you to explain why a career in health is really where you see yourself - what is it that is making you apply for this course rather than any one of the many others that are out there? Relevant work experience We strongly recommend all applicants to gain experience within a care setting. Whilst in most cases it is not possible to work in a directly comparable environment you can develop transferable skills which enhance an application. Even if you are not able to gain experience in a care setting, try to think of the skills you have gained in any other employment, voluntary work or activities that you do/have done. Of the skills you have, why are they needed to be a health professional?
Once I started researching a career in nursing I realized that there were a lot more types of nurses then I had originally imagined. I have not decided on which field of nursing I would like to specialize in yet but I just imagine myself as a general nurse, working in a hospital setting. A Registered Nurse (RN) is not a doctor assistant; a RN gets to treat wounds, give IV’s and basically get to treat their own patients. Right now my main priority is to stay focused on taking all necessary steps to pursuing Nursing as a career.Gwendolyn Mink describes most Registered Nurses as working directly with the patients and their families. They are the families’ contact with the medical world, in the hospital and at the patients’ home.
One must have communication and interpersonal skills, you must be able to properly explain a procedure to a patient and their families, as well as being able to communicate with your patient to provide the best care. You must have patience, you must be able to adapt to your patient and their needs. Some patients are very needy and need constant care, others want nothing to do with anyone and want to be left alone. Both types of patients are seen every day and must be dealt with accordingly. Another skill a successful Nurse should have is empathy, many patients are confused and scared about their conditions and it’s the Nurses job to show that they understand and try to further explain the condition using words that will not frighten or confuse the patient.
Luke 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” This scripture is a leading force in my goal to become a teacher of nursing students. To teach them to not only be amazing nursing and provide the best care possible, but teach them to share the Lords words and blessings with their patients and families. To live each day with a
According to Employment Equity and Diversity (2004), the mentor needs to be a person who is aware of their responsibilities in supporting staff and require training and resources to support them in their role. I assigned be a mentor to a new qualified midwifery nurse. I called her Nurse A (Appendix A). Even thought she has experience working in the surgical and medical unit before, she still need an experience and knowledgeable staff to guide and mentor her in a new clinical area .She is a very proactive person and willing to learn. Identifying learning needs, planning and managing the .student experience Plans of action formulated in order to achieve the learner's objectives.
“Nursing is not for everyone. It takes an intelligent, strong, and compassionate person to take on the illness of the world with the passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we're exhausted at the end of the day!” (“Nurse Quotes”). Home Health care nurses are trained to provide nursing care for patients in the comfort of their own home. Being a home health nurse is a demanding job and it requires going through an intensive series of training, and having good monitoring and communication skills, as well as knowledge of medical terminology.